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DanceAfrica Festival 2016

 
 
May 25—May 30, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.

This year’s focus is on the dance and music traditions of Senegal and features the debut of Abdel R. Salaam as the festival’s new artistic director.


 
PAST EVENTS
Film Series
FilmAfrica 2016
 

This cinematic companion to DanceAfrica celebrates the best in African film.

May 25—May 30, 2016
 
 
Music
Youssou NDOUR
 

The Dakar-born singer and composer returns to BAM for two evenings.

May 20—May 21, 2016
 
 
Dance
DanceAfrica 2016
 

DanceAfrica 2016 welcomes two Dakar-based companies, WAATO SiiTA and Tenane.

May 27—May 30, 2016
 
 
Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2016 Bazaar
 

More than 150 vendors converge at BAM offering African and Caribbean food, crafts, and fashion.

May 28—May 30, 2016
Rain or Shine!
 
 
Free
Galas & Events
Late Night Dance Party with Tony Humphries
 

Keep the DanceAfrica celebrations going after hours with legendary DJ Tony Humphries.

Sat, May 28, 2016
 
 
Free
Visual Art
Omar Victor Diop: The Studio of Vanities
 

BAM Visual Art presents four staged portraits by Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop.

May 24—Jun 30, 2016
 
 
Free
Classes
Family African Dance Workshop
 

Deepen your engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop.

Mon, May 30, 2016
All Ages
 
 
Sold Out
 
Classes
African Dance Master Class
 

Participants master the kicks and turns of the popular Wolof dance sabar in this immersive class.

Mon, May 30, 2016
 
 
Sold Out
 
Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
 

Abdel R. Salaam and Baba Chuck Davis lead this traditional tribute to those who have passed on.

Sat, May 21, 2016
 
 
Free
Neighborhood
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Day
 

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the visiting company, WAATO SiiTA.

Sat, May 21, 2016
 
 
Free
Film
Black Girl
 

Ousmane Sembène’s landmark of African cinema is a seminal film about race and colonialism.

May 18—May 24, 2016
Newly restored